The social life of ants
By Prof. Ofer Feinerman, professor at the Weizmann Institute
The “Café des Sciences” is an event in English organised by the French Institute each month. The purpose is to make science accessible to everyone, and exchange about a specific topic in a relaxed atmosphere. Each session is around 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of discussion.
On November 10, the speaker will be Ofer Fernerman, professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Here is the description of the talk: It often seems like ants are everywhere. Indeed, that is true: ants are one of the most abundant species on Earth. There are evident similarities between Humans and ants: both of us have learned to live in huge societies. What are the other similarities and differences between our societies? Why are ants so successful? And what might we learn from the ants’ success about ourselves?
Professor Ofer Feinerman is a dynamic professor at the head of the laboratory “Ant copllective behaviour group” at Weizmann. He started with a MSc in theoretical physics from the Hebrew University in String Theory and then did a PhD at Weizmann in experimental Neurosciences, followed by a Post-doc in experimental immunology at the Sloane Kattering cancer research center in New York city.
You can find more information about his work at : www.weizmann.ac.il/complex/feinerman/.